Vitamin K’s Bruise-Healing Properties Banish Your Black And Blues
Posted by Kate W on Monday, August 6th, 2012
I know it’s weird, but when I was a kid, I really liked getting bruises. It wasn’t like I sought them out or anything; I didn’t invite people to come and kick me in the shins. But if I fell off my bike or fell out of a tree, I wanted to have some sort of proof of the pain I had gone through. I wore all of my scrapes and scars proudly and catalogued them to people as though I were sitting crowded around the small wooden galley table in Jaws with Quint and Hopper, comparing shark bite marks.
After a certain age, though bruises became less glamorous. I took up rock-climbing as a teenager during my summers in Maine (also a great place to eat and get married). Even though I’ve never necessarily been a dedicated outdoorsperson and certainly wouldn’t ever take a gold medal in climbing or write a survival guide, I really enjoyed the stunning views of the Atlantic coast; they often left me speechless with their beauty. One day I tackled a rock face that was a little above my climbing level. My instructor remained above while I rappelled to the bottom of a cliff. The first useable toehold was around my waist level set above a deep indentation in the rock face. In order to even begin scaling the face, I had to swing one leg up waist-high, find a grip with my toe, then simultaneously push with that leg and swing my other leg up to the same height. It was a tricky maneuver, and I wound up slamming each knee into the rock ledge at least a dozen times each before I was able to finally find my footing. It hurt like the dickens, but the alternative was a three-hour hike up the paths that wound around the cliffs which was even less appealing to me than a little short-term discomfort, even if I did have a rugged phone in case I needed to call for help.
A few days after my misadventure, I traveled back to Florida to begin college. It was August in Gainesville, hot and muggy, and so I wore shorts. People recoiled in horror at my knees which were black and green with bruising that would take nearly two months to completely fade. For the first time in my life, I was self-conscious about the wounds collected during a tomboyish life.
Nowadays I am more interested in bruising mint than bruising my legs, so I make sure to take a supplement that combines vitamins D3 and K2. It is specifically formulated for bone health, and vitamin K is known to help speed up the process of healing bruises and prevent future bruising. I can still live like a tomboy, but my legs don’t have to be the keynote speaker of my story.
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